Delaware health department app guides naloxone use during overdose

Delaware's Division of Public Health released a mobile app that instructs users on how to administer naloxone to an individual experiencing an opioid overdose, Delaware Business Now reports.

The OpiRescue Delaware app provides information on how to recognize signs of an overdose and includes animations that illustrate how to perform rescue breathing and administer the overdose-reversing medication naloxone. The app is free and can be downloaded on any Apple or Android device.

"About 80 percent of all overdoses happen in a private residence, whether it's their own or someone else's, which is why we are strongly encouraging friends, family members, and those struggling with opioid addiction not only to have naloxone on hand, but also to download this app, which will walk individuals through the steps of administering the medication and potentially save a life," DPH Director Karyl Rattay, MD, told Delaware Business Now.

The app also provides resources such as pharmacy locations that carry naloxone and access to DPH's website, which offers treatment and recovery resources for individuals struggling with addiction.

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